"the Kiss" by iyoyome


posted by Sheri

(*edited to add* winner's bio)

Once again, it was amazing to take in all the mama-focused entries in the MAMA FOCUS photo contest. We thank all of you for your beautiful entries. We plan to keep the MAMA FOCUS Flickr pool open to share and bring in the mama love. Keep it coming!

With all the truth-telling, heart-lifting, heartbreaking, side-splitting, and soul-melting photo submissions, choosing just four photos was no easy task. However, Amy, Tracey, Andrea, and I finally decided on these four outstanding mama-focused photos.

The Winner of the *$100 Blurb credit* grand prize (THANK YOU, Blurb!) is:

"the Kiss" by iyoyome

About iyoyome:
Crystine is an organic farmer and seed grower in western WA with one lovely and inspiring child and partner. Her passions are writing, words, photography, plants and animals, hiking in the deep and quiet woods, music, social/economic justice, and on and on. She just began a great blog for her farm last week and looks forward to beginning her very own in the near future to reach out and connect with ever more people...when she gets a moment to breathe!

"As a Mama, business owner, etc, I (we) do so much for others that it can sometimes be difficult to retrieve those bits and pieces of my very own inspiration and spread it! Photography is something that moves me like writing, music, and the song of the Hermit Thrush do. I am so happy to hear the photo moved you too. It truly was a moment of deep love, surrender, and mama fierceness."

Congratulations, Crystine. This photo made us swoon in a way that only good old motherhood can.


Our THREE lovely runner ups and winners of the *Metalsgirl Inspirational Bangle bracelets* (THANK YOU, Give Simple!) are:

Didn't win and want your own Metalsgirl Inspirational Bangle bracelet or something else from Give Simple? Well, now through Tuesday, June 30th, mamazine.com readers can get 10% OFF on any Give Simple purchases.

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Metalsgirl Inspirational Bangle Superhero Plates Kimono Flower Notecards

Congratulations to all the MAMA FOCUS winners! We will highlight each of our runner up's photos over the next few months. And thank you, lovely mamas everywhere, for all the wonderful entries. We love focusing on you!

Super special thanks to our contest co-hosts: